When you are planning your bathroom renovation, what is the one design element you must never leave out? Is it the spa-inspired lighting design, the furniture-like vanity with built-in storage, or perhaps the freestanding tub? No, the most essential item to include in your bathroom design is the toilet! Unless you are designing that separate shower room you always wanted with the open shower and rainfall shower head, then the toilet is the most necessary part of your design.
Here is a guide to some of the key things you must consider when selecting a toilet:
Space and location: will your toilet be located in the main part of the bathroom or will it be separated by a dividing wall or even in a separate toilet compartment? There are different planning guidelines for space requirements from the wall or other surrounding obstacles, as well as a minimum size for a separate toilet compartment. These requirements must be considered in deciding the location of the toilet, and your bathroom design professional will be able to advise you when planning your bathroom renovation.
Shape and Style: a toilet is a toilet, right? Actually, there are nearly as many different choices to make in selecting your toilet as in any other aspect of your bathroom design. Toilets are available in a number of different styles including one-piece, two-piece, tankless and wall-mounted, among others. One-piece styles have a space-saving integrated tank and bowl, and can be easier to clean and maintain. Two-piece toilets are more traditional with a separate tank and bowl. Tankless offer the benefit of a concealed tank behind the drywall, which gives a sleek design and space-saving footprint. Wall-mounted toilets do not touch the floor, which can make the area easier to keep clean. There can be additional installation requirements for a tankless or wall-mounted toilet, so consult your bathroom design professional to see which style best suits your needs. Toilets also come in different bowl shapes: rounded varieties take up less space, but the elongated shape is generally more comfortable for adults.
Standard Height vs. Comfort Height: there is an increasing trend toward comfort height toilets for bathroom renovation projects, but the right choice for you depends on the needs of your household. Comfort height toilets are generally about two inches taller than standard toilets. Many comfort height toilets are ADA-compliant and also may be better for a household with older family members or anyone with mobility issues as they make it easier to sit down and stand up from the toilet. A house with young children on the other hand may want to consider sticking with a standard height toilet.
Flushing Options: the average person flushes the toilet about 5 times per day, or 2,000 flushes per year. How the toilet is flushed and how much water is used depends on the type of flushing mechanism and on the age of the toilet as more modern toilets are generally designed to use less water. Choosing a more efficient, water-saving toilet variety can put less strain on your household water use and also on your family budget!
If you are considering a bathroom renovation this year, don’t forget to consider the most necessary part of your bathroom design. See more ideas for toilets in our bathroom design gallery or contact us for more information or to get started on your bathroom renovation today!